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Mission Statement

The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society will deliver a professional quality search and rescue service to the community by developing and maintaining resources and skills to safely and successfully resolve incidents outlined in the risk assessment of the area.

History

The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society was formed in 1978 by a small group of individuals who had been members of other Search and Rescue groups in British Columbia, and had moved to the Central Fraser Valley. The incident that caused the formation of the team occurred in Northwest Langley when a young mentally challenged female went missing from her home and as there was no team in the area, a delay occurred in getting volunteers into the area. The resulting delay proved fatal and the subject died of exposure. Determined that this should never happen again in our locality, Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue team was formed and after a short settling period, were fully operational.

During the inception period, most of the equipment was supplied by the individual team members with a small amount of funding from the Provincial Emergency Program.

In 1979, the Central Fraser Valley Regional District donated $3,000.00 to our group for the purchase of a used rescue vehicle from Anderson’s Engineering in Langley. This vehicle was used as a Mobile Command Post and Rescue Coordination Centre for the region, and was retired in the early 1990’s.

In 1981, the team was incorporated under the Societies Act and as a Federally Registered Charitable Organization in 1997.

In the early nineties the team was called upon to assist the Langley RCMP in a search for Mr. Bob Bowman, a popular school official from the lower mainland of British Columbia. Unfortunately Mr. Bowman was found deceased, however, family members wished to show their appreciation to the SAR Team and accepted donations in lieu of flowers for use towards the purchase of a much-needed new Rescue Truck, Valley 01. The donations received were enough to pay for approximately half of the purchase of the truck, and the team members and the City of Langley provided the remaining half. Since it\’s purchase, the truck has served many purposes; as an emergency response vehicle, an equipment truck, and tow vehicle. It has also been retrofitted for SAR Command capabilities.

With the growth of the team, one vehicle proved to be insufficient and in June of 1998, the City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service donated a retired 1974 Chevrolet Step Van. This vehicle served as our Mobile Command Post for several years until funds were raised for a new truck that was put into service in 2003. The Step Van was sold to Robson Valley SAR in Northern BC in 2005.

Valley05The new Command Truck is a 2003 Ford E450 chassis with a custom aluminum box. This truck is equipped predominantly with computer and communications equipment providing the ability to manage and coordinate several agencies at once. Valley 05 is the only multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional Command Truck within the City and Township of Langley, City of Abbotsford and Sumas Mtn of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Valley 05 was made possible through funding from the Langley Association for Bingo and the BC Gaming Commission. Additionally, a special donation was received from Nova Kitchens and Custom Cabinets in Abbotsford, who built and installed all of the cabinetry and shelving for the truck in memory of the companies late owner- Gordon Dykstra.

In 2005, the replacement to the Step Van was put into service, a 2005 Ford Excursion that now serves as the team’s initial response vehicle. Valley 02, as it is known as on the team, carries Rope Rescue, First Aid and Water Rescue equipment as well as a collapsible litter with patient packaging equipment. All of this equipment is stored on a slide out equipment tray. Valley 02 can also carry up to 5 team members and their personal equipment.

With the Fraser River forming the northern boundary for the team’s area, water related incidents form a large part of the team’s activityies. As a result of a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, the team acquired a 16.5’ aluminum hull inflatable watercraft with an inboard jet motor in the fall of 1997, Valley 03. The team also has a 12.5’ Polaris rigid hull inflatable watercraft with a 20 Hp outboard motor, Valley 04.

The team, with the assistance of the City of Abbotsford and the Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford, constructed our current base located on Riverside Road in Abbotsford, in 2001.

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Contact Us

  • Central Fraser Valley
    Search and Rescue Society
    1594 Riverside Road,
    Abbotsford,
    BC, V2S 8J2,
  • Tel: 604-852-7271

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